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Wireless Printers – The Ultimate Lowdown

Posted on 20 January 2011 by admin


So here are a few quick requirements for finding a unique and savvy investment in a wired or wireless printer. We have a bit of experience in this area, and want to pass it on, so consider this your checklist… you ready? Here we go – here are a few things to consider:

1. Wireless printers connect to any wireless network you specify. Typically this is the home router supplied by your Internet Service Provider. This means that any other device connected to the router, such an a Laptop and iPad upstairs, or a desktop PC downstairs has the ability to print to your wireless printer. Having wireless capability, means you can situate your printer anywhere in your home with a power socket, ie. it does not need to physically plug into your router. This can be beneficial if you want to hide your printer under the stairs for example, or situate it where a wired network cable would be unsightly or costly to lay.

2. Wireless printers typically come with 3 possible ways of connecting them up. The first is Universal Serial Bus (USB). This can connect a single computer to the printer and is how most home printers have worked in the last 10 years. The disadvantage of this is only one computer can connect to the printer without swapping the cable. The second type of cable is an Ethernet network cable. This is the cable that would plug into your home router. Connecting a printer up this way means anyone connected to the router can print to the printer, thereby making it shared and available to the whole family. The final way of connecting a typical printer is wirelessly to your router. This has the same benefits as using an Ethernet cable, except theres no ugly cable to lay. Just type some settings into the printer and job done!

3. Bear in mind that with a wireless printer, your family or office can use a central printer instead of having to physically connect a printer to each computer. This is a huge benefit but can add £20 to the intial cost of buying the printer when comparing prices – so be aware.

4. Wireless printers are becoming cheaper and cheaper every day as they reach economies of scale. Buying a printer nowadays without wireless capability could be a mistake if you ever need the feature in the future. It makes sense to look for a wireless version now to stay future-proofed.

5. A wireless printer connected to your home network will be as secure as your router. Make sure you’re wireless router is set up securely so you don’t end up with your neighbours pictures of Justin Bieber being printed out on your printer!

6. Finally – just shop around! We have hand-picked the best wireless printers in our list, cunningly entitled “Best Wireless printers for 2011” – good luck!

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